Rethinking Hardy–Weinberg and genetic drift in undergraduate biology

@article{Masel2012RethinkingHA,
  title={Rethinking Hardy–Weinberg and genetic drift in undergraduate biology},
  author={J. Masel},
  journal={BioEssays},
  year={2012},
  volume={34}
}
  • J. Masel
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Mathematics, Medicine
  • BioEssays
Population genetics is often taught in introductory biology classes, starting with the Hardy–Weinberg principle (HWP) and genetic drift. Here I argue that teaching these two topics first aligns neither with current expert knowledge, nor with good pedagogy. Student difficulties with mathematics in general, and probability in particular, make population genetics difficult to teach and learn. I recommend an alternative, historically inspired ordering of population genetics topics, based on… Expand
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